Wonder Twins #1

Writer: Mark Russell Artist: Stephen Byrne Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: February 13, 2019 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 33 User Reviews: 27
8.6Critic Rating
7.8User Rating

Exiled from their home planet, alien heroes Zan and Jayna must navigate life as teens on Earth at South Metropolis High School, where they're even bigger outsiders than the typical awkward young adults. Under the watchful eye of Superman, the brother and sister pull monitor duty at the Hall of Justice as interns, while also trying to overcome the pitfalls of Zan's brash confidence and Jayna's shy but streetwise persona. If you think you know the Wonder Twins, think again-this book takes the form of the unexpected.

  • 10
    Infinite Earths - J.D. Jr. Feb 13, 2019

    A unique coming of age tale offering up a very fresh and very relevant take on two classic DC characters! Read Full Review

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Ari Bard Feb 14, 2019

    Wonder Twins #1 evaluates youth and its relationship to being a hero in ways other series do not by recognizing that young characters have just as much to teach their peers and elders as they have to learn. Read Full Review

  • 10
    AIPT - Ritesh Babu Feb 14, 2019

    Hilarious and thoughtful, Wonder Twins is a delight that delivers on every possible hope. Russell's commentary andByrne's expressive storytelling make for a great mix. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBook.com - Russ Burlingame Feb 13, 2019

    This is the perfect comic to put in the hands of somebody who has not read comics in years and just wants something fun. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Feb 16, 2019

    I loved everything about this perfect comic. The characters, the world, the humor; this is a fun little masterpiece of an issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.8
    Graphic Policy - pharoahmiles Feb 16, 2019

    Overall, Wonder Twins #1 is one of the best new books to come from DC Comics in the last few months. It's both fun and enlightening. The story by Russell is funny and relatable. The art by Byrne is eloquent and vivid. Altogether, an interesting first issue to a series which already delivers on its promise. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Feb 13, 2019

    I actually laughed out loud a lot during this book. It's great. Russell gets the plot going by the book's end. It has to do with where the Wonder Twins fit in to it all and it's spectacular and handled very well. And this is the book that Stephen Byrne was born to draw. It's excellent through and through and may end up being one of the best books of the year. It's fantastic. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Feb 13, 2019

    Wonder Twins #1 is another success for DCs Wonder Comics line, and a terrific start of what promises to be a rollicking superhero adventure. The only thing missing is Gleek, but hes promised in Marchs solicitations for issue #2... Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comic Book Bin - Deejay Dayton Mar 2, 2019

    I never thought I would say it, but Wonder Twins is a must-read book. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Jose "Jody" Cardona Feb 13, 2019

    The Wonder Twins first issue is an excellent lighthearted story with phenomenal artwork. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Deron Generally Feb 13, 2019

    The art is really good. The art by Stephen Byrne is fun, detailed and beautifully colorful. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Comic Watch - Amit Malaviya Feb 20, 2019

    A fantastic start to a bright new mini-series, Russell and Byrne's Wonder Twins promises to be a ton of subversive, charming fun. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Feb 13, 2019

    I dont know about the long-term prognosis of the book, but DC could use more titles that are just fun and not so wrapped up with doomsday or the latest crisis. Wonder Twins is a terrific next step for the Wonder Comics imprint and definitely worth checking out this week. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Big Comic Page - Connor Stephens Feb 13, 2019

    Ill say it again, this is up there as one of the most fun issues of superhero comics released in years. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Weird Science - Jim Werner Feb 13, 2019

    This book surprised the heck out of me.  The Wonder Twins is a fun and a lighthearted book that is just what the doctor ordered if, like me, you have been down with the dark tone of the DCU lately.  Mark Russell shows the love for his characters without overdoing anything and the art by Stephen Byrne is superb.  Yea, the continuity feels a bit odd, but I can easily recommend this to anyone who wants to smile.  Now, bring on Gleek!!! Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Multiversity Comics - Gustavo S Lodi Feb 14, 2019

    The adventures of Zana and Jayna are off to an excellent start. If this series remains as true to its concept as its debut issue, it will be sorely missed five issues from now when it wraps. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Sequential Planet - Steven Martinez Feb 13, 2019

    Wonder Twins #1 is a great start for the mini-series. Mark Russell hits the nail on the head with the humor and story, and Stephen Byrne delivers fantastic art throughout the entire issue. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Major Spoilers - Stacy Baugher Feb 13, 2019

    WONDER TWINS #1 looks to be the start to a great little series re-imagining some of the most underused characters in the DC pantheon. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Feb 13, 2019

    I don't know exactly where this series is going yet " at times it feels more like a Boom book than a DC Comic due to its sardonic take on high school life and its casual approach to superheroics, but it's unlike anything else DC is putting out. DC seems to be taking a lot of chances with the Wonder Comics line so far, and I'd say they're three for three. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Feb 13, 2019

    Wonder Twins #1 kicks off an amusing and heartfelt revival of a fan-favorite DC duo. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicsverse - Victoria Prisco Feb 13, 2019

    WONDER TWINS #1 is worth checking out. These classic Hanna-Barbera characters have been dusted off and given a fresh coat of paint. The lighthearted humor in this issue is an absolute delight. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    411Mania - Stephen Gustafson Feb 22, 2019

    I'll say this, if you're a fan of the Super Friends, then you'll like this. It's funny and is a worthy homage to the cartoon characters we remember o well. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Feb 13, 2019

    Through the events of this first issue, Wonder Twins #1 has given us a brand new way to look at Zan and Jayna. They are more than their signature costumes, and much more than what is mocked about their powers. All of us should be able to look forward to what this new adventure has in store for these two twins who offer down to Earth experiences that you would be crazy to sleep on. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Brent Jackson Feb 13, 2019

    It was a very smart idea to give the Wonder Twins to Mark Russell. His sharp writing and comedy skills can definitely make a series that should be terrible into a must read (see The Flintstones). The art fits the tone and feel of the issue. If you are looking for a good laugh you should definitely pick this up. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Feb 13, 2019

    Superman serves as the twins' mentor and adopted guardian. He shows them around the Hall of Justice and appoints them interns. The conversations he has with the Trinity are a great reflection of each of their personalities. Russell really captures the essence of Batman and all of his reactions or responses are knee slappingly hilarious. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - lizzylynngarcia Dec 31, 1969

    Overall,Wonder Twins#1is a very out there book that breaks up the more serious entries probably sitting in your pull list. It is also a fantastic reimagining of the original characters and gives them a modern spin for a new audience. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Feb 16, 2019

    Wonder Twins #1 gives the creative team, and the characters their own unique corner of DC to play with. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geek-O-Rama - David Feb 23, 2019

    The comedy of Mark Russel is spot on, and the art by Stephen Byrne does a perfect job riding the line between 1980s wholesome and 2019 modern. Regardless of where in the multiverse this fits, it may be one of the funnest titles I've read from DC in a long time. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Graphic Policy - Brett Feb 13, 2019

    The comic isn't bad in any way but it also doesn't engage in any way either. There's jokes sure, but where this could be Clueless or John Hughes with two superhero leads (potentially smart commentary), we get a bland classic Archie story with the Wonder Twins. This is a case where the Wonder Twin powers fail to activate. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Hussein Wasiti Feb 13, 2019

    I thought this was an interesting debut with some room to grow. The art isn't for me at all but I had a few solid chuckles throughout this since Russell is an expert at throwing in those quick, but funny jabs that just get a reaction out of me. I think there's a lot of value in a book like this so I'm eager to see where it goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Beat - Louie Hlad Feb 13, 2019

    The main thing that the creative team got right is the tone. It would be ill-advised to try to pretend that Zan and Jayna aren't campy relics of the 70's, and this story leans into the wackiness pretty well. It's nice that the comic doesn't take them (or itself) too seriously. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Revolution - Rokk Feb 18, 2019

    Wonder Twins #1 comes across as rather dumb, slow and pointless. That is not a good recipe for success. This issue is certainly not work the high $4.00 cover price. The reader can get so much more bang for their entertainment dollar these days. There are definitely plenty of other teen super hero titles on the market that offer a far better product and are more worth your hard earned money. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Feb 13, 2019

    Some readers will love getting a more modern take on these characters, but others will find this to be nothing more than a half-hearted send-up of old favorites. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Psycamorean Feb 16, 2019

    This was good. I was expecting to hate it, but it knows what it is, so it was fun.

  • 3.0
    KFuqua Feb 14, 2019

    Bad story, poor art...this one just wasn't worth picking up at all. I will not be back for more of this.

  • 10
    ScorpioDarkArachnoid8 Feb 17, 2019

    DC hits a home run with this one. Charming, Quirky, Close to the teen world. The artwork is done well. You have to get your hands on it.

  • 9.0
    GTMedia Reviews Feb 16, 2019

    I read a lot of comics, usually 2 to 3 a day. I rarely have a visceral reaction to a comic book But Mark Russell got one out of me today. Wonder Twins is modern re-imagining of the much-maligned characters from the old Super Friends cartoon. 

    After an undisclosed event happens on their homeworld Superman offers to take  Zan and Jayna back to earth to give them a chance at normal lives. They also get jobs assisting the Justice League. 

    They attend Morris High School. Zan has plans to become the most popular kid in school but embarrasses himself at every turn. Jayna seems to have it a little better but her shyness holds her back. 

    Overall, the issue is hilarious from beginning to end. I definitely got a more

  • 9.0

    This was the standout issue of the week for me. A book that knows how to have fun with it's honestly incredibly lame character leads.

  • 8.5
    Samuel Almeida Feb 14, 2019

    As a very shy, awkward person, i relate a lot with this book. It IS hard when you dont even know what youre doing in a place and people keep pushing you into other places/ directions.
    Of course this book would be a comedy and i like that. Sometimes its nice to have the heroes, like the trinity, not being like a wall where no jokes can go through (when its done just well enough).
    Beautiful art. Not groundbreaking, but pretty and decent. Wich is what i can say about this first issue.

  • 8.0
    Gizmo Feb 22, 2019

    There have been other Mark Russell books to come out since Prez and the Flintstones that take different paths, but this is a welcome return to the quirky comedy that he burst on the scene with.

  • 7.5
    Spacey Medicine Feb 22, 2019

    This was actually really cute and way more enjoyable than I expected. My main issue is how everybody seems kinda wildly OOC. Like, no way in this world that Wonder Woman says that somebody’s powers are underwhelming, or that Batman tells a group of people anything embarrassing.

  • 6.5
    waltgator93 Feb 13, 2019

    Issue did have a few scenes that made me chuckle but the story feels off and just put there! The dialogue was pretty bad! The art took few panels to get over how it looks after awhile it wasn’t that bad!

  • 6.0
    egon244 Feb 14, 2019


    This was OK, I guess. The twins Jayna and Zan seem likable and you can see the lighthearted tone the book is aiming at. But something didn't click for me here.

    The issue tries many times to get a laugh out of the reader but falls flat. I only laughed when six Leaguers came to stop one, little, powerless robber and Black Lightning was supposed to stop a giant squid... in the water. Supes and Bats' high school stories that were meant to cheer up felt a bit cringy and the rest was just mildly amusing.

    Still, the art was pretty good, definitely fits the book, and the ending was kinda clever. No one ever thought of that when fighting the imp? And the League was supposed to have smart people.

  • 1.0
    RedKSuperman Oct 13, 2019

    Mark Russell is a hack writer. If you ever see his name on a book you can bet it's bound for the $0.25 comic bin. I would offer more constructive criticism of the book but why should I put more effort into it than the writer did?

  • 10
    Rocker97 Feb 13, 2019

  • 10
    Greg Hound Feb 13, 2019

  • 10
    Bruno Mael Feb 14, 2019

  • 10
    BloodyIgor Mar 27, 2019

  • 10
    BushwickBrawler Sep 10, 2019

  • 8.5
    ComickerPerson Feb 13, 2019

  • 8.5
    Justin Ray Mar 9, 2019

  • 8.5
    mikesbr42 Jul 20, 2020

  • 8.0
    Sigmund Floppychest Feb 13, 2019

  • 8.0
    NoShape Feb 14, 2019

  • 8.0
    Raist819 Feb 16, 2019

  • 8.0
    Radar Feb 19, 2019

  • 8.0
    BitchWitcher Sep 19, 2019

  • 7.5
    Khan/Murdock Jan 13, 2021

  • 7.0
    Watchtower022 Feb 14, 2019

  • 5.0
    KnM May 7, 2020

Reviews for the Week of...